Animal Friends Are Good For Your Health


Animal Friends Are Good For Your Health | Dogalize

Pets are good not only for the soul : American researchers have discovered that dogs and cats can become for their humans an effective system of prevention against cancer.

Owning a dog or cat is healthy for us! Recentely, the amount of evidence supporting this idea has grown even larger. A new study, published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, discovered that keeping animals can shorten the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a relatively common cancer of the immune system – by almost one third.

“The idea that pets and good health are associated goes back 20 years or more,” says Dr June McNicholas, a psychologist who has researched the relationship between people and their pets. Not all the health benefits can come from just normal dog-walking, anyway. When a study suggested that people who own pets have better cardiac health, McNicholas said, “One of the important factors in people recovering well from a heart attack was owning a pet, and it wasn’t just dogs, but also cats”.

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Debra Mauriello

Source: Guardian News & Media Ltd, 2008

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